Committed #BoilerUp#HammerDown pic.twitter.com/8emrvUSh8g— Eric Miller (@_ericmiller43) June 17, 2017
Purdue added its 8th verbal commitment today when Eric Miller, a 6’6, 260 pound offensive lineman from Mason, Ohio decided to commit to one of the fastest growing recruiting classes in the nation. Miller currently holds 7 offers, including Army, Ohio, and Western Kentucky, and was beginning to pick up interest from a few other Power 5 schools.
Miller fits what Purdue, Coach Brohm, and Coach Williams is looking for in a tackle prospect to a T. He’s a long, lean, and athletic prospect with plenty of room to grown in the Purdue weight room and training table. Coach Brohm said that he prioritizes length and athleticism over sheer size at the tackle position, and that is what he is getting in Miller. Under Danny Hope (both as OL Coach and head coach) Purdue took skinny (granted, 260 is only ever considered “skinny” in football) offensive line recruits like Matt Light, Dennis Kelly, Mike Otto, and Kevin Pamphile and turned them into professional football players. Coach Brohm and Coach Williams have a similar philosophy in offensive line recruiting, and Miller is a prime example.
As I mentioned above, what stands out most in Millers film is his ability to move his feet. This shouldn’t be surprising, because when Miller isn’t playing football, he is manning the paint for his Mason Comets. He pulls well from the tackle position, getting to the outside and either sealing the edge, or putting a defender on the ground. He’ll obviously have to get bigger and stronger before he takes the field in the Big10, but that shouldn’t be a problem. I always think it’s easier to put good weight on a lineman than it is too take off bad weight.